Earlier this morning a tragic accident occurred in Oss, where 4 children were killed after a collision between an electric cargo bike and a train. Here is what we know so far.
The cause of the accident
According to reports, the cause of the accident were faulty breaks on the electric cargo bike.
The victims are 4 children, aged four to eleven. A fifth child and the supervisor were seriously injured. The five children involved come from three families. Two sisters have died from one of the families and a third sister is the wounded one. According to reports the supervisor who drove the electric cargo bike was screaming that the breaks are not working before the collision. One witness claims to have seen the woman’s leg get torn off upon impact.
Mayor Wobine Buijs-Glaudemans van Oss expressed his grief and shock in statement “This affects us all, we are very upset, we live with all families, the school, the childcare and all other people involved”.
The train that collided with the bike goes along the route between Nijmegen and Den Bosch. 57 passengers were in the sprinter at that time. The train also has a camera at the front, and the images are still being studied in order to receive a better understanding into the circumstances that lead to the accident.
Witnesses to the accident
According to reports there have been multiple witnesses at the scene, including children. Some claim that the they could hear the train honking loudly and repeatedly before the collision happened. Currently, victim support has been arranged for them to help deal with any mental or emotional distress. The municipality has also set up a reception center. Help is also offered at the schools of the victims. A number has been opened up for the passengers of the train which they can use for help (0800 6677888).
Een vreselijke aanrijding met een bakfiets op het spoor bij station West in Oss. De politie meldt dat er 4 kinderen zijn omgekomen. Ook zijn een volwassene en een kind zwaargewond geraakt. pic.twitter.com/BDpXRYjiWJ
— Eva de Schipper (@evadeschipper) September 20, 2018